The Gift of Certainty

April 3, 2017 |

Between August 2012 and January 2013, the Tana Delta area of eastern Kenya experienced a series of massacres between the Orma and Pokomo ethnic groups. The killings took the lives of an estimated 166 people and displaced tens of thousands from their homes. The violence impacted both the local economy as well as other ethnic…

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The Future of HarassMap

December 30, 2016 |

  HarassMap is a volunteer-based initiative whose mission is to engage Egyptian society in creating an environment that does not tolerate sexual harassment.  This is carried out by crowdsourcing SMS and online reports of sexual harassment and assault, and mapping them as a red dot on an online map, which serves as a point of…

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Peace Begins with the Truth

December 21, 2016 |

  An interview with Kode Wario, Una Hakika Community Ambassador   In terms of the recent expansion of Una Hakika into Lamu, how will the program be beneficial to the community? In its expansion to the Lamu community Una Hakika shall will be a great benefit. In my findings through the few months that I…

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The Sentinel Project Testifies to Parliamentarians on Assisting Vulnerable Peoples

July 22, 2016 |

On Wednesday morning the Sentinel Project, represented by Director of Operations Drew Boyd, provided expert testimony to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration on how Canada can assist vulnerable minorities threatened by mass atrocities. Last month, Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion officially declared that the atrocities committed against the Yazidi people by the Islamic…

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Violence Prevention From the Ground Up

September 30, 2015 |

  An interview with Drew Boyd, Director of Operations at the Sentinel Project How has Una Hakika worked with authorities to prevent the spread of rumours that may lead to violence? Drew: Una Hakika set out from the very beginning to plug into as many different and varied groups as possible and local authorities were…

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Blanket Exercise on Parliament Hill: From Apology to Action

June 4, 2015 |

On the evening of Monday June 1st, I had the opportunity to attend a mass Blanket Exercise on Parliament Hill, organized by the Assembly of Seven Generations as part of the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). The  event  opened with an Ojibwe prayer song by an elder of the community,…

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Drones for Peace and Protection

April 17, 2015 |

An interview with the Sentinel Project’s Director of Operations Drew Boyd. We’re used to hearing about drones as agents of death, that since their inception they have often been used for the purpose of violence. Why should people be convinced otherwise? Technology has no moral compass, it is not inherently good or evil. Civil society…

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Next Steps for Una Hakika

April 8, 2015 |

An interview with Una Hakika Project Coordinator John Green   How has Una Hakika grown in the last year? Looking back at the progression of Una Hakika from a simple idea of reporting incendiary rumours in Tana Delta to a full-fledged violence prevention project is a growth worth concession. I am thrilled to see the…

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A Witness to the Violence

September 23, 2014 |

“On August 22nd 2012, the Pokomos came to Reketa village and they killed 56 people. That morning I was in Dide Waride, and we tried to go and save our people in Rekata. When we came to Reketa we had seen 56 people dead. All of them speared, and some of them were cut into…

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John Green: Rumour Hunter

September 16, 2014 |

Can you tell us about your typical day as a coordinator for the Una Hakika project? Its my custom to begin my day by thanking God, knowing well that each day is another opportunity given to take my life a notch closer to my goals. I’m encouraged each day knowing that as a part of…

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